Making your own personal ‘Blue Zone’

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The ‘Blue Zones Project’ has kicked off in Klamath Falls, with a goal of helping people live longer, happier, healthier lives.

NBC5 spoke with the Blue Zones founder about what steps you can take to achieve those goals.

You don’t have to live in Klamath Falls to make your home, or your neighborhood a ‘Blue Zone’.

Project founder Dan Buettner offers a few tips:

“Number one, owning a dog.  We know that people who own a dog get some exercise every day because they’re walking the dog.”

Buettner says that having healthy friends can also give you an inside edge…

“If your 3 best friends are obese and unhealthy, there’s about a 150% chance that you’ll be overweight.”

And third, focus on a plant-based diet.

“90 to 95 percent of what you eat should be plants, grains, and beans.”  Notes Buettner.  “Beans is the cornerstone of every longevity diet in the world.”

You can find out more at:  www.bluezonesproject.com

In a nutshell, ‘Blue Zones’ are communities known for their longevity.

The Project identifies common habits from those communities, and works to implement them in other areas.

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